(試譯文)While the ceiling of the guest room had given way due to the Great East Japan Earthquake, the prefecture’s people's hostel facilities, the "Cape of U” (U-no-Misaki) in Hitachi city, Juou Ishi of Ibaraki which was obliged to close for 48 days would not lose to the damage arise from rumors of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident; it brightly stayed at the top of 117 public people's hostel facilities in the whole country in terms of resident usage rate in the 2011 fiscal year.
The record of staying in the first place continued from the 1989 fiscal year, it became 23 years now.
The residence usage rate became 85.6%, a 6.3-point decrease compared with last fiscal year due to the influence of the earthquake disaster; and it failed to reach 90% or more which it had continued to have since the 1991 fiscal year. After the earthquake disaster it was supported by the repeater and this had proved its deep-rooted popularity. Making ordinary reservation also helped feeling the difficulty of this premium, and it was said that visitors within the prefecture "wanted to stay once" was also obvious.
Because the residence usage rate was computed based on real operating days, the rate would be not be affected by its closure, but the damages was caused by rumors such as the nuclear power plant disaster and the aftershock; and it was said that cancellation succeeded one another immediately after the earthquake disaster. According to the monthly residence capacity rate of the “Cape of U”, in May it hang low with 80.6%, June 85.9%, July 81.4%, but it exceeded 90% in August and November.
While taking a bath at the U-no-Misaki could see a scene which commanded the whole view of the
Ocean, and that the food it served was produced locally and was
popular; the hot-water cylinder which accumulated the hot spring was broken by
the earthquake disaster, and the service pipe and the drainage pipe were damaged.
The wall of the guest room also cracked and the resumption of operation was
postponed till April 29.
The pre-booking for the accommodation for the summer (July 20 - August 31), and the year end and the New Year holidays (December 30 - January 5) were offered by the lottery using a postcard with a return address; this people’s hotel was known also as the most difficult to reserve facilities in Japan.
The location of this hostel is so good that even the earthquake disaster etc. could not dampen visitors’ interest in continuing going there.